Emperor’s Gold is brought to you by Barcrest and has 5 reels and 10 paylines. Playable from 10p to £500 a spin on all compatible devices (including Android, laptops, PCs and iOS), this Chinese themed slot benefits from expanding and persistent expanding wilds, Hi-Stakes Big Bet and a free spins feature.

Visually, it’s typically Chinese as symbols on the reels including Chinese style playing cards (A, K, Q and J), lanterns, tigers, temples, pandas, empresses and emperors. The emperor is the highest value symbol with 3, 4 and 5 on a payline giving you 10, 25 or 60 times your stake.

The dragon is the wild symbol and only appears on the 3 middle reels (i.e. reels 2, 3 and 4). It substitutes for all other symbols except the scatter and when it appears, it expands vertically to cover the entire reel. If you’re playing at £2 per spin or higher, expanding wilds substitute for all symbols including the scatter.

When you get 3, 4 or 5 scatters anywhere in view, you will trigger the Free Spins feature and receive 12, 14 or 20 free spins (respectively). The reel bands are populated with 1 clumped picture symbol and J, Q, K and A. The picture symbol increases in value every time and expanding wild lands on the reels. Furthermore, if you get 3 or more scatters, you will retrigger the feature with a potential 40 free spins in total available.

There is also a customary Big Bet feature which is found is many other Barcrest slots – you basically get 5 linked spins of the reels for an increased stake. The £20 Big Bet option gives you 5 linked spins with any expanding wild symbol remaining sticky for the 5 spins.

The £30 Big Bet option gives you 5 linked spins with any expanding wild symbol remaining sticky for the 5 spins. There’s a Super Bonus Dragons Trail where any scatter appearing will add to it to give you extra Big Bet Spins.

The £50 Big Bet option is the same as the £30 Big Bet option but the Super Bonus Dragons Trail can also reward you with the Free Spins feature.

I found Emperor’s Gold to be a medium variance game which is all about the Free Spins feature though – the expanding wilds are what will give you big wins. If you can afford the Big Bet options, the presence of sticky expanded wilds can be highly rewarding. If you like expanded sticky wilds in a feature, WMS’ Black Knight II is a must.